Photograph by Erin Cuddigan

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Each WaterFire is a slightly different experience according to one’s mood, companions, the weather, the music, and the size of the crowd. This complex piece is rich in layers of meaning and symbolism, leading to multiple readings about the artwork itself, as well as about nature within the urban environment. It may be understood and enjoyed as simply a series of fires floating over the water with music playing or with reference to the strong tensions created by the two opposing forces of water and fire in close juxtaposition. The vulnerability of the fires poised just above the water, combined with the ephemeral smoke, sparks, and music rising in the air, is counterbalanced by the heavy stone walls of the river and the surging crowds promenading.